Stanford Family Medicine

For Patients

What we try to keep in mind during your office visit

  1. Give you time to tell your doctor why you are here and what your concerns are.
  2. Explain to you what we have learned from taking a history, performing a physical exam, or interpreting lab tests.
  3. Explain what our understanding of your problem is, what treatment we recommend and why. Explain why we do or don't order tests or make referrals.
  4. Listen to your ideas about what is happening and what should be done.
  5. Clarify arrangements for follow-up, either by phone or return visit.

How we can work together

  1. Let the receptionist know what you want to cover with your doctor when you schedule our appointment so he or she can allocate sufficient time.
  2. Identify the problems or concerns you would like addressed during your visit. It may help to write them down. Bring up these issues at the beginning of the visit so we can cover them all. If there is not enough time during the scheduled visit to cover everything, we may need to decide which the most important topics are for this visit.
  3. Ask questions. That is how we all learn. And it helps avoid misunderstandings.
  4. Let us know if you don't agree with a diagnosis of your problem or suggestions for treatment. Identifying differences will improve our understanding of each other and lead to better treatment decisions and results.

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